ANN MARLITA MONTEJO-AREVALO DR. RENATO F. DE LEMON
MAED Educational Management Professorial Lecturer
September 4, 2010 EM 201
A REACTION PAPER on
“Education Is Not The Hope”
The essay, “Education Is Not The Hope,” by Jose Ma. Montelibano is a paradoxical elucidation of education and its impact on a struggling Philippines.
Contrary to received opinion, that education is the hope for a people or a nation to develop, Montelibano explains that education particularly in the Philippines cannot offer hope simply because education itself is in need of hope, and that the need for hope stems from poverty and corruption. Montelibano further asserts that, due to poverty, pupils/students could not even finish basic education; and due to corruption, the government is crippled in providing accessible and quality education for all.
Although Montelibano appropriately identifies poverty and corruption as roots of an ailing Philippine education, I contend that the moral state of corruption owing to self-interest is the chief culprit.
The gap of classrooms in public elementary and high schools, the shortage of qualified teachers, the growing pupil/student population, and the lack of books all lead to poor quality education of the future citizens (and leaders) of the Republic. Such inadequacies further undermine the prospects of contributing to nation-building.
... when the press or the television highlights instances of corruption. Education spreads political and social awareness and these are some ... terribly. In the long run unchecked corruption pushes more and more people into poverty which often destabilizes a society. ... authority. In addition, salaries should raise staff above the poverty line, and incentives should be introduced, as should transparency ...
As Isagani R. Cruz puts it: “There is no doubt that there is corruption in our educational system, perhaps not on the scale of the Malacaṅang scams involving ZTE, railroads, fertilizers, and swine, but enough to derail efforts to achieve “Education for All”.”
Conversely, I concur that more years should be added to a student’s education in order to provide more knowledge and more experience. Developed nations of the world adhere to an extended education framework, and this is very sensible since a person’s ability to cope with added knowledge and experience results in greater capacity to deal with the challenges of life, thus gaining greater opportunities in achieving one’s dreams and aspirations.
Isagani R. Cruz continues, “The long-term remedy for corruption in the Philippines is individual character development. The Philippines’ anti-corruption institutions are only as good as the individuals who administer them, and integrity is the real problem.”
Values formation (or reformation), values educational programs and values reinforcement all lead to nation-building. Pupils/students educated under these programs are expected to place much higher value on honesty.
Integrity is the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards. When government embodies integrity, in all aspects and in all levels, then there is brighter hope that Philippine education can be liberated from corruption (and poverty).
Since the development of honest citizens and public servants with integrity through values formation/programs/reinforcement is fundamental to abiding success, existing government institutions must uncompromisingly implement laws and regulations that demonstrate “crime doesn’t pay”, strict accountability and transparency in governance, prosecution and punishment, and even restoring stolen assets.
I believe education in the Philippines is not without hope. Given sufficient empowerment and support while being driven by government and education officials of integrity, Philippine education shall come to be the beaming hope of the Republic.
... of the society like Government and private employees are involved in corruption. The rising level of corruption has given many problems ... of their basic rights. Corruption can only be eradicated if there are honest people on senior government seats. These days Pakistan ... is in terrible situation because there is too much corruption in Pakistan. ...